Courses & Independent Studio

SPRING 2021 ONLINE COURSES

Registration for our Spring 2021 online classes is open.

All Spring 2021 Ceramics Program classes will meet online and registration is open to anyone over the age of 18. Learn more about our course registration policies.

Spring 2021 Courses - Sessions 1 and 2

Animal Sculpture

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 4 – March 11Claudia Olds Goldie sculpture animals dogs
Session 2: March 25 – April 29
Day/Time: Thursdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm ET
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

Course Description: Create ceramic animal sculpture inspired by the natural world, fable, parable, fairy tales, and dreams. Drawing inspiration from historical and contemporary sculpture, students will develop their own realistic, metaphorical, or hybrid animals using simple ceramic techniques including slab, pinching, coiling and modeling.

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Bookmaking Basics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 4 – March 11Deighton Abrams Pop Up Book
Day/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00PM ET
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course Description: Books are one of the most intimate objects you can engage with. Design, stitch, and bind your own books use for sketching, journaling, or telling a narrative. We will look at a variety of different bookmaking techniques from the simple ‘zine to accordion books to “pop-up” books! No experience required.

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Ceramic Surface Design

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 25 – April 29Tumbler by Deighton Abrams
Day/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00pm ET
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course Description: This course will have students exploring new intuitive approaches to using the surface of ceramics as a canvas to tell stories either representational or abstract (or both). Through lectures and demonstrations, we will explore effective ways composing imagery on both sculptural and functional forms. A wide variety of techniques including brush work with underglaze, oxides, and slips as well as exploring

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Circle, Square, Oval

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 2 – March 9 (6 classes)Work by Paul Wisotsky
Session 2: March 23 – April 27 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 1pm – 3pm ET
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor: Paul Wisotzky

Course Description: This class will focus on creating circular, square and oval pots that start on the wheel. It will include altering, adding hand-built elements, subtracting material, and attention to surface both in the wet and leather hard stages. We’ll explore a variety of utilitarian pottery including cups and mugs, serving dishes and lidded vessels to name a few. We’ll spend time each session sharing work in progress discussing function,

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Experimental Photography on Clay

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 2 – March 9 (6 classes)Anne Eder Experimental Photography on Clay
Session 2: March 23 – April 27 (6 classes)
Day/Time:
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm ET
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder


Course Description: There are many ways to combine images and clay, but if you are curious about the magic and alchemy of using light sensitive emulsions, this may intrigue you. This class, led by instructor Anne Eder, will be a guided exploration into using light sensitive materials to transfer images onto and into clay bodies. Students will begin by making clay tiles for testing, and over the six-week course will investigate photographic printing processes such as cyanotype, gum bichromate, and liquid emulsions. Whether you are coming from a clay background or a photographic one, or just enjoy combining art and science, this class will dive deep into process and experimentation.

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Fired Up Redux!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 25 – April 29Cone 10 Reduction Kiln
Day/Time: Thursdays, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor:
Geoff Booras and Denny McLaughlin

Learn what happens to your pot or sculpture once it makes its way into the kiln! This course covers basic concepts behind different firing methods and kiln designs. If you are interested in taking an in-depth look at reduction, oxidation, and atmospheric firing principles, key temperatures, and techniques, then this is the class for you! Do you want to learn more about alternative firing methods? And what is a thermocouple, damper, spyhole, or bag wall anyway? Curious to know more? – Come stoke the flames of kiln wonderment in this new online course!

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Flameware at Home

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 5 – March 12 (6 classes)Flameware Dennis McLaughlin
Day/Time: Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Instructor: Dennis McLaughlin

Do you enjoy cooking with your own clay creations? This class offers challenges in designing and executing versatile cooking vessels that are both elegant and practical. Flameware is uniquely formulated for use directly on a stove top burner or in a preheated oven. Careful attention will be made in emphasizing design elements that bring together form and function. The class projects

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Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Dates: February 1 – April 19 (12 classes)
Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm ET
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:
Matthew Katz assisted by Casey Zeng

Course Description: Demystify glaze and clay body chemistry via lectures and discussion led by instructor Matt Katz of Ceramic Materials Workshop, and hands-on experimentation facilitated by Ceramics Program staff member Casey Zeng. This class will cover technical information about glaze and clay formation. Along with technical information, students will learn how to effectively understand and work with their materials. Students will learn to use the Unity Molecular Formula of a glaze to substitute materials, how glaze

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Handbuilding Basics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Ruth Easterbrook pot in progressSession 1: February 1 – March 8 (6 classes)
Session 2: March 22 – April 26 (6 classes)
Day/Times: Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30pm ET
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course Description: In this class, we will focus on the basics, first individually focusing on technique and developing skills. This will be a project-based class with guided exercises that will challenge and train your abilities. We will focus on pinch, coil, and slab for most of this class and begin applying ways of combining these to make more complicated vessels.

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Handbuilding Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 3 – March 10 (6 classes)Ruth Easterbrook glazed pottery
Session 2: March 24 – April 28(6 classes)
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm ET
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course Description: Are you ready to test your hand-building skills to the next level? Building off established skills we will work on craft, form, and exploring some of the possibilities of combining hand-building techniques. These projects will be longer and take more patience and planning to follow through. I will share and lead conversations looking at historical and contemporary pots to learn from and inspire.

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Independent Studio at Home

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Tool BoxSession 2: February 1 - March 12 (6 weeks)
Session 2: March 22 - April 30 (6 weeks)
Day/Time:
N/A

Level: Independent - Advanced
Instructor: N/A

Course Description: Independent Studio at Home is intended for participants in the Boston area who are not enrolling in Spring 2021 online Ceramics Program course, but would like to access bisque and/or glaze-firing opportunities at the Ceramics Program. This option includes firing and studio glazes for up to 10,000 cubic inches of bisque and/or glaze work for the 6-week session. Cubic inches will be tracked for bisque and glaze firings, and cubic inch totals in excess of 10,000 cubic inches will be billed to you at 3 cents per cubic inch. We are offering electric kiln firing up to cone 6, and cone 10 gas reduction and soda vapor firings. Other firing temperatures can be arranged. A Google Sheets signup form and detailed instructions for scheduling greenware drop off and glaze sessions will be emailed at the start of the semester. ... Read more about Independent Studio at Home

Inspired by History

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 26 – April 30 (6 classes)Denny McLaughlin
Day/Time: Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor:
Dennis McLaughlin

Let’s think globally as we seek inspiration for both form and function from potters in the last 10,000 years! Each class will be spent examining the functional pottery made during a different time period and cultures from around the globe. Objects from the online collections of the Harvard Art Museums and Museums of Science and Culture will inspire demonstrations both on

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Mimesis: Sculpting from Observation

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 2 – March 9 (6 classes)Deighton Abrams sculptures in progress
Session 1: March 23 – April 27 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00pm ET
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course Description: Clay’s responsiveness to touch and plasticity makes it the ideal medium to mimic and replicate what we can see with our eyes.  Through lectures and demonstrations, we will discuss a variety of techniques on developing individual creative approaches that students will then use to make a small body of work. Demonstrations will cover several technical considerations in making complex sculptural works with extra attention paid to making work in the home and transporting to the Harvard or your local studio for firing.

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Plant Based Printing Processes I

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Plant I with Anne EderSession 1: February 3 – March 10 (6 classes)
Session 2: March 24 – April 28 (6 classes)
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm ET
Instructor:
Anne Eder

Course Description: Get outdoors with this introduction to plant-based printing processes that use light and common plant materials obtained from the backyard, a nearby park, or even the grocery! This class is an introduction to plant-based printing processes that use light and common plant materials! It will cover anthotypes, chlorophyll printing, and other plant-based printing methods. We will meet via online platform once a week for demonstrations and students will then take what they have learned and complete that week’s assignment, returning for troubleshooting, critique and a new demo each week. Most items needed to take this course should be easily obtainable from the backyard, a nearby park, or even the grocery.

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Plant Based Printing Processes II

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Anne Eder Plant Printing Processes 2

Session 2: March 25 – April 29 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm ET
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor:
Ann Eder

Course Description: Take your plant-based printing processes to the next level with this follow up course to the Plant-based Printing Intro class! Explore further the possibilities of printing with plants and using chemistry found in common household items. We will investigate the infinitely variable lumen and phytogram processes combined with non-traditional applications of chemistry you can make at home, as well as finding ways to take anthotypes and chlorophyll printing forward. We will meet via online

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Revisiting Curators, Conservators and the Ceramic Object

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 1 - March 12Curate Class

Day/Time: N/A

Level: Beginning – Advanced

Instructor: Multiple

 

The Harvard Ceramics Program has long collaborated with museums at Harvard in support of scholarly research of ceramic objects. This course offers participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of historic ceramic objects from across the globe via six lectures that you can review at your own pace. Each lecture features teams of conservators, curators, conservation scientists and/or scholars from museums at Harvard and beyond discussing their research of ceramic objects within the collection. With your registration, you will receive access to a Harvard Google Classroom with all six recordings for the duration of the semester plus 30 additional days.

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Setting Up Your Home Studio Mini-Course

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 1: February 4, 11, 18 (3 classes)Ben Eberle Soda Kiln
Day/Time: Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm ET
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor:
Ben Eberle

Course Description: In the past year, artists have faced being isolated from their community studios and some are beginning to think about moving from making art on the kitchen table to something a bit more permanent - a home studio. In this 3-part mini-course, studio potter Ben Eberle will walk us through setting up a home studio. Topics to be discussed will include purchasing of equipment and furniture, sink use (or what to do if there is no sink access), electric kiln installation and simple repairs

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Surface Techniques with Porcelain

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 23 – April 27 (6 classes)Stephanie Young Calmwater Designs
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm ET
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor: Stephanie Young

Course Description: Join Stephanie Young of Calmwater Designs for an in-depth study of her carving techniques on porcelain and the inspiration behind her iconic Art Nouveau style. Surface treatments using color including slips, underglazes and glaze will be explored. Young is full-time studio artist whose work is highly revered and collected. Don’t miss this opportunity to study with an artist at the top of her field!

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Tile Design for the Home

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Tile Design for the Home

Session 2: March 23 – April 27
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm (ET)
Level: Beginner – Advanced
Instructor: Marek Jacisin

Course Description: From our sketchbook to the wall, this class will focus on pattern design and the tools needed to make tile molds at home with an emphasis towards the home. Projects will include backsplashes, accent walls and garden pavers. Each week there will be a demonstration of making a tile with molds constructed with foam and simple tools. For those students with access to clay, demonstrations of tile production with clay will assist the student in creating tiles at home. Students who do not have access to clay will benefit from observing the demonstrations and will have the tools to produce tiles once back in the studio.

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Wheel Intensive - On-line Edition

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Steve Murphy teaching ceramics.Session 2: March 22 – April 26 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Mondays, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course Description: For those with access to a pottery wheel at home or those happy to observe, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement and surface. The instructor will provide demonstrations based on what forms and/or techniques students would like to improve upon during this class.

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Workshops & Visit An Artist Series

2021 Mar 06

The Artist's Studio with Fabio J. Fernández

Sat Mar 6 (All day) to Sat May 8 (All day)

Location: 

Zoom

Artist Studio

 

What leads an artist to work in clay? How does an artist develop their artistic voice and practice in clay? In this series, we’ll learn through conversation with eight multicultural contemporary artists and educators who use clay in ways that are functional, sculptural or performative. Each artist will present their work through images or a brief demo and host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community.

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2021 Mar 06

Roberto Lugo - The Artist's Studio

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Roberto Lugo

Roberto Lugo uses porcelain as his medium of choice, illuminating its aristocratic surface with imagery of poverty, inequality, and social and racial injustice. Lugo will be in conversation with Fabio J. Fernández as part of our The Artist’s Studio series regarding the trajectory of his artistic voice and practice in clay from his inspirational Emerging Artist lecture in 2015 at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference to his recent receipt of the Rome Prize as well as a Pew Fellowship in 2019.

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2021 Mar 27

Linda Lopez - The Artist's Studio

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Linda Lopez

Linda Lopez’s work derives from her awareness of the power of language to animate the inanimate. Her abstract works explore the poetic potential of the everyday by imagining and articulating a vast emotional range embedded in the mundane objects that surround us. Lopez will present her work through images and a brief demo and host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community as part of The Artist’s Studio series. ... Read more about Linda Lopez - The Artist's Studio

2021 Apr 10

Syd Carpenter - The Artist's Studio

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Syd Carpenter

Syd Carpenter’s ceramic sculptures raise issues about race, life, memory, magic and the human condition. Her work can be viewed in museums across the nation and her recent bodies of work have focused on generational, African-American owned farms in the South. We are honored to to visit with Carpenter as she speaks about her work through images and discussion of her process. Host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community as part of The Artist’s Studio series.

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2021 Apr 17

Shawanda Corbett - The Artist's Studio

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Shawanda Corbett

Shawanda Corbett’s studio practice background is in the ceramic vessel. The craft principles, fundamentals and discipline in ceramics are applied to other mediums, such as dance theatre production including live performance and film performance. Currently, she is researching how AI can facilitate craft theory in her studio practice. Corbett was recently awarded the 2020 Turner bursary award by Tate Britain. We will join Corbett in the United Kingdom as she shares her powerful work through images and discussion of her process. Host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community as part of The Artist’s Studio series.

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2021 Apr 24

Sanam Emami - The Artist's Studio

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Sanam Emami

Potter Sanam Emami was born in Iran and grew up in England. She now lives in Colorado, where she is an associate professor of art at Colorado State University. She came to pottery after studying American history, which led her to think about her own history, and her work combines influences of Persian and Islamic art with a contemporary sensibility. For Sanam, making pots, and understanding her voice within that work, is a continuing journey. Fabio Fernández will lead us in a conversation with Sanam from her Colorado studio as part of  The Artist’s Studio series.

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2021 May 01

Salvador Jiménez Flores - The Artist's Studio

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom
Salvador Jiménez Flores

We welcome Salvador Jiménez-Flores back to Harvard Ceramics to speak about his work and current projects. In his interdisciplinary work, Salvador explores the themes of colonization, migration, "the other," stereotypes and futurism. Salvador is currently an artist and assistant professor in Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to that, he was an Artist in Residence at the Harvard Ceramics Program from 2015-17. Salvador will present his work through images and/or a brief demo and host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community.

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2021 May 08

Donté K. Hayes - The Artist's Studio

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Donte Hayes

The sculptural ceramic work of Donté K. Hayes pulls from his interest in hip-hop culture, history, and science fiction to explore themes in Afrofuturism, a projected vision of an imagined future which critiques the historical and cultural events of the African Diaspora and the distinct black experience of the Middle Passage. He combines ceramics with printmaking, installation, and performance to elevate his ceramic sculptures as a historical and creative base materials to inform memories of the past. Donté will present his work through images and/or a brief demo and host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community

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